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YSE Alumnus and Current Yale Law Student A.J. Hudson Awarded Switzer Environmental FellowshipA.J. Hudson ’19 MESc has received a Switzer Environmental Fellowship, which awards emerging environmental leaders studying at universities in New England and California with funding and support for their graduate studies and career development.
Addicott Awarded Marine Economics Fellowship to Study Coastal ErosionPhD candidate Ethan Addicott aims to create a tool to aid beach restoration efforts and maximize the value and utility of every bucket of sand.
Four YSE Students Named 2021 Sabin International FellowsFour graduate students from the Yale School of the Environment have been named Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
YSE Students Spicing up Trail Foods in Sustainable WaysMesa, a startup run by Tony Cisneros '21 MEM and Caroline Ebinger '22 MEM, seeks to provide nutritious backpacking meals while supporting core planetary health principles.
Kroon Cup Awarded to Jenna Musco: “Constant Source of Support”Jenna Musco’s efforts in the community offering support and direction to fellow students earned her the 2021 YSE Kroon Cup.
Compostable Packaging Company Wins Startup Yale 2021 PrizeEcoPackables, which sells compostable mailers made from corn starch and PBAT, earned the Yale Center for Business and Environment’s (CBEY) Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, as well as the first ever Yale Innovators’ Prize at Startup Yale 2021.
Forest Fragmentation Research Earns 2021 Bormann PrizeMeghna Krishnadas’ doctoral research into how forest fragmentation alters the underlying mechanisms shaping patterns of tropical tree regeneration and forest diversity was recognized for its novel insight into ecological processes.
Three Yale Students Named Wyss ScholarsLani Chang ’22 MEM, Kyle Lemle ’22 MF and Helia Bidad ’22 JD have been named 2021 Wyss Scholars, a program that supports graduate-level education for the next generation of leaders in western land conservation.
Karen Seto Spotlighted for Earth Observation ResearchKaren Seto, Yale School of the Environment (YSE) Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography Urbanization, has been named one of 15 leading women in machine learning for Earth observation by Radiant Earth Foundation for her research of global importance.
A New Foundation for U.S. Forest PolicyRich Guldin, recipient of the Society of American Foresters’ prestigious Sir William Schlich Award, is eager to talk about how forest research can inform smart forest policy.
Creating ‘Public Will’ for Climate ActionAnthony Leiserowitz, the 2020 winner of Climate One’s Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Change Communication, weighs in on the ever-growing field of climate change communication and how the Biden administration has a “pathway” to achieve meaningful climate action.
YSE Student Selected As 2020 Sabin International Environmental FellowBipul Mayank ’21 MEM has been selected as an Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellow, which provides support for tuition and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Brodersen Receives Generous Gift to Support Research on How We Build More Resilient PlantsYSE Professor Craig Brodersen has received a $2.5 million gift from The Howard and Maryam Newman Family Plant Research Fund, which will support his innovative research and collaborative work on the coordination between plant anatomy and physiology.
Bell Elected to the Prestigious National Academy of MedicineMichelle Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at YSE, was elected today to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Ahead of Her TimeAs CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, Molly Harriss Olson ’85 MES works from many angles to better align economic investments with sustainable development goals. She received YSE’s Distinguished Alumna Award during Reunion Weekend 2020, Oct. 9-11.
Success in an ‘Accidental Profession’A broad science background and some old-fashioned pluck helped Jean Thomson Black ’75 MFS build an impactful career in science publishing, for which she was honored with the School’s Distinguished Service Award at Reunion Weekend 2020.
Reforestation Hubs, ‘Coming Soon’ to a City Near YouCambium Carbon, an initiative founded by YSE students to combat climate change and revitalize urban communities by reimagining the urban tree lifecycle, has earned a $200,000 Natural Climate Solution Accelerator Grant from The Nature Conservancy.
Fellows and Future Environmental LeadersTwo students from the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Alumna Receives Yale’s Highest
Dorceta Taylor ’85 M.F.S., ’91 Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading environmental justice scholars and activists, was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest honor Yale Graduate School bestows on its alumni.
Yale Conservationist Honored for Strides
Over several years in Rwanda, Bill Weber developed a conservation strategy that has strengthened mountain gorilla populations by putting local people at the center of the effort. Weber, who has applied these principles in regions worldwide, was recently nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
In Human-Centered Wildlife Protection
Easley Receives Leadership Award
Thomas Easley, the assistant dean of community and inclusion at F&ES will receive the Diversity Leadership Award from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) during its annual meeting.
From the Society of American Foresters
Using Real-World Experience
Carmen Guerrero Pérez ’10 M.E.M., director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, will receive the 2019 Prospect Street Award for her years of work in environmental conservation and community engagement in Puerto Rico.
To Tackle Real-World Complexity
Capitalizing on OpportunityAs an F&ES student, Jim Lyons ’79 M.F. was advised to branch out and take classes that didn’t focus on just forestry. After 40 years in education, conservation, and politics, the Distinguished Alumni Award winner reflects on how important that advice has been for his career.
Of Parks and PeopleRose Harvey ’84 M.E.S. believes that access to nature is a fundamental human right. As commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, she took it upon herself to deliver that access, especially to communities that need it the most.
F&ES Student Named Switzer FellowMargaret Tallmadge ’20 M.E.M. has been named a recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Chertow Awarded Society Prize for Impacts on Field of Industrial EcologyMarian Chertow, associate professor of industrial environmental management at F&ES, has received the International Society for Industrial Ecology’s Society Prize, awarded for “outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology.”
Study to Examine Human-Robot Collaboration to Reduce Recycling ‘Bottleneck’During a four-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers will examine whether a collaboration between humans and robots can improve the efficiency and profitability of the world’s threatened recycling sector.
F&ES Graduate Honored with
Nedal Nassar ’11 M.E.Sc., ’14 M.Phil., ’15 Ph.D. was recently named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Presidential Early Career Award
Recent Doctoral Grad Honored
Noah Sokol ’18 Ph.D. has received the Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to soil science.
For Contributions to Soil Science
F&ES Grad Receives Major Yale Award During University CommencementLuisa Cortesi ’18 Ph.D., who completed a joint degree in environmental studies and anthropology last year, received the Theron Rockwell Field Prize during the 2019 Yale commencement.
Two F&ES-ers Honored by NSF
Two F&ES students have been honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines.
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Six F&ES Students Selected as
Six F&ES graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
2019 Sabin International Fellows
Seto Receives National Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing ResearchKaren Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), this month received the Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing Research award from the American Association of Geographers.
Research on Fracking Impacts Wins 2019 Bormann PrizeGiven rare access to a hydraulic fracturing well site in Pennsylvania, an F&ES doctoral student revealed a surprising finding about the impacts of fracking on groundwater — research that earned her the 2019 F. Herbert Bormann Prize
Yale Team Nabs Second Straight
A team of Yale students last week won the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition, a pitch-off featuring students from business schools around the globe.
Global Entrepreneurship Contest Win
Comita Receives NSF CAREER Award for
Liza Comita, an assistant professor of tropical forest ecology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support her research into the factors that shape the rich and persistent biological diversity in the world’s tropical forests.
Research on Diversity of Tropical Forests
Sabin Prize Winner Engineer Plastic-Alternative Products to Fight Pollution and Reduce Carbon EmissionsA student-led startup that has engineered an Eco Rain Poncho made of a sugar-based bioplastic was awarded the 2019 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, presented by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
Mark Ashton Honored by New England Society of American ForestersMark Ashton ’85 M.F., ’90 Ph.D., the Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, was named the sixth recipient of the 2019 David M. Smith Award by the New England Society of American Foresters at the group’s winter meeting in March. The
Wyss Scholars Program Supports Future
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected three Yale students as 2019 Wyss Scholars.
Western Conservation Leaders at Yale
Grist List of 50 Environmental ‘Fixers’ Features Three Alums from Yale F&ESThe new Grist list of 50 young leaders who are doing potentially “game-changing” sustainability work includes three graduates of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Bell, Lauenroth Elected to Connecticut
Michelle Bell, a professor of environmental health at F&ES, and William Lauenroth, a drylands ecologist and professor in the practice at F&ES, have been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Academy of Science and Engineering
Video: Microsoft Helps Yale-Launched
While he was a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), Zach Parisa ’09 M.F.S. developed a technology that uses satellite data to determine the size and species of trees in forests.
Business Map the Future of U.S. Forests
Students Honored for Leadership
Two students from F&ES — Andy Lee ’19 M.E.Sc. and Kimi Zamuda ’19 M.E.Sc. — have been awarded the 2018 MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship for Leadership in Conservation Science.
in Conservation and Wildlife Science
F&ES Student Talk Honored at American Anthropological Association MeetingYufang Gao, a Ph.D. student in the combined program between F&ES and the Yale Department of Anthropology, received a “best presentation” prize during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association held recently in San Jose, Calif.
From Research to Carbon Charge, Nobel Prize Winner Has Deep Influence at F&ESThis week William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, won the Nobel Prize. At the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he holds a secondary appointment, his research and teaching have influenced and inspired generations of scholars.
Four F&ES Students Named Kerry FellowsThe Kerry Initiative has named 17 Yale students, including four from F&ES, as Kerry Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.
Energy, Identity, and Rural America:
Justin Farrell, an assistant professor of sociology at F&ES, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will support his research on how a long-term shift in the U.S. energy sector is changing the nation’s rural communities.
Research Earns Farrell NSF Career Award
RFF Awards Yale Collaboration Examining
An interdisciplinary collaboration between two professors from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that aims to define the “value” of satellite-based earth observations has received a $100,000 award from Resources for the Future (RFF).
the ‘Value’ of Remote Sensing in Himalaya
Community Stormwater Partnership Receives National Environmental AwardA community partnership including the Yale-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) that has helped the city of New Haven tackle the challenge of stormwater runoff has received a prestigious award from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Where are F&ES Students Working
The 152 students who have already completed at least one academic year at F&ES are spending their summers in 34 countries and in states across the U.S., completing internships or conducting their own independent research.
This Summer? Just About Everywhere
Three F&ESers Named Switzer FellowsThree F&ES students have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Two F&ES-led Teams Receive Leitner
F&ES this week announced the winners of the first Leitner Awards for Uncommon Environmental Collaborations, a grant fund that promotes collaborations for environmental teaching and research across the Yale campus.
Grants for ‘Uncommon’ Collaborations
Doctoral Grad Receives Prestigious
Yale Prize for Written Scholarship
Yale Climate Communication Program Receives National Innovation HonorAnthony Leiserowitz and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication have received a prestigious national award for their work developing new statistical methodology to understand and map public opinion on climate change at state and local levels across the nation.
Roots SIG Awarded 2018 Kroon CupThe F&ES community has awarded the 2018 Kroon Cup to Roots, a student interest group dedicated to the advancement and resilience of students of the African Diaspora.
Four Students Selected as
F&ES has selected four graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
2018 Sabin International Fellows
F&ES Student Researchers Take
Forty-nine master’s students, doctoral students, and postdocs from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) community presented their research during the 34th annual F&ES Research Conference held at Kroon Hall on April 20.
Center Stage in Day-long Conference
Process to Improve Sustainability of Beef
A student-led startup that is developing a saltwater aquaponic system that aims to drastically reduce the environmental impacts of both the seafood and beef industries last week received the 2018 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
and Seafood Production Wins Sabin Prize
Wyss Scholars Program Supports
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected three Yale students as 2018 Wyss Scholars — Matthew Lifson ’20 J.D./M.E.M., Jack Singer ’19 M.F., and Ben Williamson ’19 M.E.M.
Future Western Conservation Leaders
Burke, Seto Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and EngineeringIngrid C. “Indy” Burke, a professor of ecosystem ecology and F&ES dean, and Karen C. Seto, a professor of geography and urbanization science at F&ES, have beenelected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Yale Students Named 2018 ‘Energy Scholars’Two F&ES students — Josh Constanti ’18 M.E.M. and Krisztina Pjeczka ’18 M.E.M. — have been named 2018 Energy Scholars by a U.S.-based program that honors young leaders in the renewable energy field.
F&ES Students Honored for Leadership
Two F&ES students, Corey Creedon ’18 M.E.M. and Elizabeth Naro ’18 M.E.M., have received the 2017 MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship for leadership in the field of conservation biology and wildlife science.
in Conservation and Wildlife Science
AGU Honors F&ES Student For Bringing Remote Sensing to Vulnerable PlacesRebecca Lehman ’18 M.E.M., a second-year master’s student at F&ES, recently received a grand prize in the American Geophysical Union’s Data Visualization and Storytelling contest.
Doctoral Graduate Honored for Research
Meredith Holgerson ’16 Ph.D., an aquatic ecologist who has provided new insights into the unexpected role of small pond systems, has received a national science award for research she conducted as an F&ES doctoral student.
On Unexpected Impact of Small Ponds
‘Scholarship for Sustainability’:
Student Honored for Research
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation awarded the 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to James Souder ’18 M.E.M.
Raymond and Seto Elected AAAS FellowsThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Peter Raymond and Karen Seto, two F&ES faculty members as AAAS fellows in recognition of their contributions to science.
At Bonn, Data Driven Yale Wins Award
A team from Data-Driven Yale, an F&ES-based project working at the intersection of data science and policy, was awarded the UN Data for Climate Action Challenge’s inaugural award for linking climate change to sustainable development goals.
in UN Data for Climate Action Contest
Yale-Led Study to Examine
A research team led by F&ES Professor Michelle Bell has received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine environmental health disparities within the U.S. senior population.
Health Disparities in Senior Population
Honors for Anastas Include Lifetime
Professor Paul Anastas, a pioneer in the field of green chemistry, in recent months was named recipient of two major honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Achievement Award from U.S. EPA
Yale-Inspired Connecticut Green Bank
The Connecticut Green Bank, a first-of-its-kind model for green financing first conceptualized at Yale, has been awarded the 2017 Innovation in American Government Award from Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Wins National Award for Innovation
Respite from the Urban Heat Island?
A new Yale study will examine whether irrigation of green spaces to mitigate the urban heat island effect in some of the world’s driest cities will be worth the cost — namely, drawing down precious and increasingly diminished water resources.
Study Eyes Costs of Irrigation as Remedy
Yale Team Makes Final Round at
A team of students and recent graduates from F&ES this summer traveled to Switzerland where they were finalists in the 2017 Sustainability MBA Challenge hosted by NestléNespresso, an operating unit of the Nestle Group.
Nespresso Sustainability Challenge
Interdisciplinary Yale Team Takes
A team of six Yale students and recent graduates, including five from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, took the top prize at the Patagonia Eco Innovation Case Competition.
Top Prize in Patagonia Case Competition
Two F&ESers Named Switzer FellowsTwo F&ES students, Jolisa Brooks ’18 M.E.Sc. and Brunilda Pizarro ’18 M.E.Sc., have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Bright Idea: Student Honored for Bringing
While working as a teacher in Mumbai, Sanjna Malpani ’17 M.E.M. was shocked that many students weren't able to do their homework because of insufficient light in their homes. So Malpani and some friends helped introduce new sources of illumination using only plastic bottles and water.
‘Bottled Light’ to Underprivileged Indian Households
Study Linking Microscale Processes with Landscape Impacts Wins Bormann PrizeAshley Keiser ’16 Ph.D., who studies how microbes in the soil respond to changing conditions aboveground, has won the 2017 F. Herbert Bormann Prize, which honors doctoral research that exemplifies the legacy of the late Yale professor.
Four Students Selected as 2017 Sabin International Environmental FellowsF&ES has selected four graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Leung, Champion for Inclusion and Equity, Honored with 2017 Kroon CupThe F&ES community last week awarded the 2017 Kroon Cup to Jessica Leung ’17 M.E.M., who has worked tirelessly to make the School and the environmental field more inclusive and equitable.
Seto Elected to the Prestigious
The National Academy of Sciences, considered the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., has elected Yale Prof. Karen C. Seto as a member in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
National Academy of Sciences
Energy Technology Startup Wins
A student-led startup that is creating new energy technology the team says will enable households to reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money has received the 2017 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
2017 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize
Major Science Organizations Honor
Two major U.S. science organizations recently honored Karen C. Seto, professor of geography and urbanization science and Associate Dean for Research at F&ES, for her work on understanding urban land systems.
Seto For Work on Urban Land Systems
Program Empowering Leaders in Tropics
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative, an F&ES-based program that makes the latest tools and research in forest restoration and sustainable management accessible to the people who manage tropical landscapes, has received a $4.9 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, to continue its work.
Receives $4.9 Million Grant from Arcadia
Wyss Scholars Program Supports
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that supports land conservation in the American West, has selected two F&ES students — Katherine Panek ’18 M.E.M. and Austin Rempel ’18 M.E.M. — as 2017 Wyss Scholars
Future Western Conservation Leaders
Raymond Elected to Connecticut
Peter Raymond, a professor of ecosystem ecology at F&ES, this week was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Academy of Science and Engineering
YPCCC Wins Friend of the Planet AwardThe Yale Program on Climate Change Communication this week received a Friend of the Planet award from the National Center for Science Education.
Yale GrassX Competition Invites
The Yale Landscape Lab on Yale’s West Campus and the F&ES-based Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative have partnered for GrassX, an Experimental Grassland Competition that invites Yale students to explore ideas to promote grassland management systems, native pollinators, and local ecosystems.
Student Support for Native Pollinators
Lauenroth Named 2017 Fellow by
William Lauenroth, a Professor in the Practice at F&ES and pioneer in the field of drylands ecology, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for his contributions to research and discovery.
Ecological Society of America
Yale to Help Guide National Institute on
F&ES researchers will play a lead role in a new U.S.-funded consortium that will aim to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s industrial manufacturing processes.
Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency
Graedel Prizes Honor New
The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) recently awarded two papers with Graedel Prizes, which honor the best papers published in the journal.
Advances in Industrial Ecology
Himalaya Study Eyes How Urban Shifts
In a new study, Yale researchers will use remote sensing data to assess changes in urban settlements across the Himalayan region — and how those shifts have affected land use, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, and just how sensitive the region’s socio-economic systems are to these stressors.
Affect Land Uses and Natural Disasters
Yale-Led Project to Widen Access to
A Yale-led project aiming to further broaden the appeal of solar power to a mass market — including low- and moderate-income households — has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Household Solar Receives Federal Grant
Conservationist Eleanor Sterling Awarded
One colleague calls Eleanor Sterling ’83 B.A., ’93 Ph.D., recipent of Yale's Wilbur Cross Medal, a “bridge builder.” A conservationist, anthropologist, and educator, Sterling says her interdisciplinary training at Yale has been crucial to her life’s work.
Yale’s Prestigious Wilbur Cross Medal
F&ES Alum Receives Global Honor
Laly Lichtenfeld ’99 M.F.S., ’05 Ph.D., co-founder and executive director of the African People & Wildlife Fund, has been named a 2016 Lowell Thomas Awardee by The Explorers Club.
For Conservation Work in East Africa
Yale Honors Liza Comita
Liza Comita, an Assistant Professor of Tropical Forest Management at F&ES, has received Yale University’s 2016 Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize. The award recognizes one faculty member annually who best exemplifies the role of mentor to postdoctoral trainees.
For Postdoc Mentorship
F&ES Students Named Switzer FellowsTwo F&ES students — Dena Adler ’17 M.E.M./J.D. and Logan McCoy ’17 M.E.M./M.B.A. — have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Global Honors for Yale Conservationist
Yufang Gao ’14 M.E.Sc., a Chinese conservationist who has worked to protect wildlife from Kenya to Tibet, this month received two global awards for his efforts to ensure a future for vulnerable species worldwide.
Working to Protect Threatened Species
Six Sabin International Fellows to Take
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has selected six graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Lessons Back to Their Home Nations
‘Father of Green Chemistry’ Wins
Paul Anastas, a Yale professor and pioneer in the field of green chemistry, was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award.
Royal Society of Chemistry Award
New F&ES-Based Center Receives EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced major funding for three major U.S. universities, including Yale, to study regional differences in air pollution and the effects of global climate change on human health.
Grant to Study Air Quality, Public Health
Master’s Student Receives Conservation
Pooja Choksi ’17 M.E.M., a first-year Master’s student focused on community-based wildlife conservation, was recently awarded the Sidney Byers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation from the Wildlife Conservation Network.
Scholarship for Wildlife Work in India
Proposal to Convert Food Waste
A business plan developed by two F&ESers that aims to turn food waste into new products — and profits — won the 2016 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize.
Into New Products Wins Sabin Prize
F&ES Students Receive Prestigious
Two F&ES students have received prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. Two others were named honorable mention recipients.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Looking West: Two Named Wyss ScholarsThe Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes land conservation in the American West, has selected two F&ES students as 2016 Wyss Scholars — Katherine Fiedler ’17 M.E.M. and Rebecca Shively ’17 M.E.M.
Global Justice Fellowship Program
Three F&ES students have received 2016-17 Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights for their work on projects in vulnerable parts of the world.
Highlights Work of F&ES Students
Two F&ES Students Honored for
Two F&ES students have been awarded the new MK McCarthy-RW Worth Scholarship for Leadership in Conservation Science.
Leadership in Conservation Science
New F&ES Research Center
F&ES Prof. Michelle Bell will lead an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the newly created SEARCH Center working to improve air quality and human health.
Launched With $10 Million EPA Grant
F&ES Ecologist and Photographer Team
The award recognizes Arthur Middleton and Joe Riis’s Greater Yellowstone Migrations project.
Named Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year
Two F&ES Students Honored for
Two F&ES master’s students — Marguerite Harden ’16 M.E.M. and Nicholas McClure ’16 M.E.M. — have been chosen as recipients of the F&ES Alumni Association Board Scholarship in honor of Ruth Allen ’72 M.F.S. ’77 Ph.D.
Volunteerism And Community Service
Bormann Prize Honors Research Aimed
Jennie Miller '15 Ph.D., whose research has explored an emerging method of spatial mapping to reduce conflicts between humans and carnivores, won the 2015 F. Herbert Bormann Prize.
At Reducing Carnivore-Human Conflicts
Opening Up a ‘World of Possibilities’:
While he was a student at F&ES 35 years ago, Thomas McHenry came to understand the range of possible opportunities in the environmental realm. He's spent the past 3 1/2 decades working to make sure future students had the same experience.
McHenry Empowers Generations of F&ESers
For Inaugural ‘Prospect Street’ Awardee,
Heather Coleman '04 M.E.M., who will receive the inaugural “Prospect Street Award” during Reunion Weekend for contributions from a recent F&ES graduate, joined Oxfam America a decade ago to engage climate change from a human perspective. “Climate change is not an environmental issue,” she says. “It’s a social issue.”
Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue
A Pioneer in Forest Genetics
Since completing his Ph.D. at F&ES in 1965, Jeffery Burley has helped to improve forestry practices in vulnerable forest regions across the world.
Reflects on Five Decades in Forestry
A Voice for Equity and Justice
Dorceta Taylor '85 M.F.S., '91 Ph.D., is one of the country's preeminent environmental justice scholars. But above and beyond her publications, Taylor says her work is about opening doors for other people.
In the Environmental Movement
Scholarship Initiative Raises
A three-year scholarship initiative led by F&ES Dean Peter Crane and the School’s Leadership Council has generated more than $10 million in new scholarship support for F&ES students.
$10.1 Million for F&ES Students
F&ES Students Named Switzer FellowsFour students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
Eleven F&ES Students Advance Energy
Eleven students and graduates from F&ES have been selected as summer fellows for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program, an innovative fellowship that gives specially trained graduates students the opportunity to help transform energy use within organizations in the private and public sector in the U.S., Mexico and China.
Leadership as EDF Climate Corps Fellows
Anastas Awarded Merck Prize for Pioneering Work in Green ChemistryPaul Anastas, a Yale professor and pioneer in the field of green chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 Emanuel Merck Lectureship, an international award that recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research.
Eight Sabin International Fellows to
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has selected eight graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow to receive up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
Take Lessons Back to Their Home Nations
Schmitz and Comita Named
Two members of the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Oswald Schmitz and Liza Comita, have been named Fellows of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
Ecological Society of America Fellows
Heather West Wins the 2015 Kroon CupThe F&ES community last week awarded the 2015 Kroon Cup to Heather West ’15 M.F./M.B.A., a third-year student pursuing a joint degree at F&ES and the Yale School of Management whose tireless participation in student groups and passion for the American West inspired her classmates.
Three Members of F&ES Faculty
Appointed to Endowed Professorships
The Yale Corporation has approved the recommendation of Yale President Peter Salovey and Dean Peter Crane to appoint three members of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies faculty to prestigious endowed professorships in the School.
Yale-Based Journal of Industrial
The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) has introduced a new prize, the Graedel Prize, honoring the best papers by a junior and senior author published in the journal. The prize is named for Yale Professor Thomas E. Graedel in recognition of his vital contributions and pioneering work in the development of the field of industrial ecology.
Ecology Awards First-Ever ‘Graedel Prize’
Yale Honors F&ES Members for Contributions to SustainabilityYale University will honor Lindsay Toland ’15 M.E.M. and the staff of the Urban Resources Initiative (URI) with Certificates of Outstanding Recognition in appreciation for their contributions to sustainability at Yale during the 2014-15 academic year.
Sabin Prize Seeds Business Plans
On April 17, the Sabin Prize will award $25,000 to a for-profit business idea that helps achieve a more sustainable way of life. The competition is part of the first ever Entrepreneurship Across Yale event.
That Do Good for the Environment
Yale Partnership Receives National Honor For Project that Promotes Solar AdoptionA Connecticut-based partnership and major Yale research project led by Kenneth Gillingham, associate professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), has received a national award for innovative research that has increased adoption of residential solar power in the state.
Yale Students Named Wyss Scholars
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes land conservation in the U.S. West, has selected three Yale students as 2015 Wyss Scholars — Katie Holsinger ’16 M.E.M., Elliott Vander Kolk ’16 M.F.,and Chelsea Lane-Miller ’17 LAW.
For Conservation Work in U.S. West
F&ES Alumni Association
Honored for Service Work
The F&ES Alumni Association recently won the Association of Yale Alumni Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate & Professional Day of Service.
Dean Crane Receives Prestigious
Peter Crane, the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was awarded the 2014 International Prize for Biology during a ceremony held in Tokyo on Sunday.
Biology Prize at Tokyo Ceremony
F&ES Presents Its Highest Honor
Teresa Heinz, the philanthropist and longtime advocate for environmental awareness and literacy, has been named the recipient of The Aldo Leopold Award, the highest honor granted by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
To Philanthropist Teresa Heinz
Marian Chertow Honored by
On Oct. 29, Prof. Marian Chertow was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame for her longtime commitment to environmental innovation
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
Doctoral Candidate Earns EPA Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week awarded Anobha Gurung, a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grant to support her research into the health impacts of air pollution in Nepal.
For Study of Air Pollution in Nepal
Bormann Prize Winner Honored
A published paper exploring the relationship between landscape imagery and national self-identity in Costa Rica helped earn Dana Graef, an F&ES doctoral student, the 2014 F. Herbert Bormann Prize.
For Study in ‘Green Sovereignty’
Two F&ES Students Awarded
Yesenia Gallardo ’15 M.E.M. and David Gonzalez ’15 M.E.M. were recognized for their leadership and exemplary recrod of volunteer service, especially to the F&ES, Yale, and New Haven communities.
Scholarships for Volunteerism
F&ES Creates William R. Burch Prize
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week announced the creation of a new student award, the William R. Burch Prize, which is named in honor of the founder of the School’s influential Tropical Resources Institute. The new prize will be awarded annually to the best paper written by a TRI Fellow, and will include a $1,000 cash prize.
To Honor Student Research at TRI
Xuhui Lee Honored by
Xuhui Lee, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology at F&ES, has received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology from the American Meteorological Society.
American Meteorological Society
Dean Peter Crane Wins Prestigious International Prize for BiologyF&ES Dean Peter Crane has been awarded the 2014 International Prize for Biology administered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for his work on the evolutionary history of plants.
Dean Crane’s Book, Ginkgo, a Finalist
Dean Peter Crane’s 2013 book, Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.
For Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science
Yale Project Aims to Propel
A team of Yale researchers has received a $299,000 grant to develop a new class of “green wall” technologies capable of rejecting waste heat for a range of processes, a potentially valuable green infrastructure alternative to the cooling towers that have become ubiquitous worldwide.
Green Walls into the Mainstream
Postdoc’s Dissertation Earns National HonorJude Bayham, a postdoctoral associate at F&ES, recently received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.
Yale Team Invited to Switzerland
A team of joint-degree students from F&ES and the Yale School of Management has reached the final stage of an international MBA competition hosted by the coffee company Nestlé Nespresso, an operating unit of the Nestlé Group.
To Pitch Sustainable Business Plan
Karen Seto Succeeds David Skelly as
F&ES Professor Karen Seto has been named the School’s next Associate Dean for Research and Director of Doctoral Studies, succeeding Professor David Skelly, who was recently appointed new director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Associate Dean & Doctoral Studies Director
Eleven F&ES Students
Eleven students and graduates from F&ES have been selected as summer fellows for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program, an innovative fellowship that places specially trained graduates students with private and public sector organizations to help transform how they use energy.
Selected as Climate Corps Fellows
Six Yale Graduate Students
Six F&ES students have been chosen as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow to receive up to $40,000 for their education and post-graduation service in the environmental sector.
Awarded Sabin Fellowships
Science on the Fly: Dam Release
When operators lifted the gates of the Morelos Dam at the U.S-Mexico border, allowing a rare pulse of water to pour into the parched, final stretches of the Colorado River Delta, it offered a rare opportunity for F&ES researchers.
Offers Rare Opportunity for Yale Scientists
Kroon Cup Honors Two Students
The F&ES community last week awarded the Kroon Cup to two members of the Class of 2014, one who has organized a variety of activities linking people with the natural world, and one who made an indelible mark on the school during his too-brief time here.
Who Embodied Stewardship at F&ES
Connecticut River Watershed Study Will
A team of Yale researchers will lead a five-year, $3 million study to determine whether an increase in extreme rain events is affecting the transport of dissolved organic matter through the Connecticut River watershed, a phenomenon they say could alter the chemical composition and water quality of the watershed and the Long Island Sound.
Assess Impacts of Extreme Rain Events
Cashore Receives IUFRO Award for
F&ES Professor Benjamin Cashore has received the prestigious Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for achievements in research related to governance of forest resources worldwide.
Advances in Global Forest Governance
F&ES Students Take Top Honors at
Ten students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) received “best proposal” honors during the U.S. Department of Energy’s third annual Better Building Case Competition held this month in Washington, D.C.
U.S.-Sponsored Energy Competition
Two F&ESers Receive Fellowships for
Hilary Faxon B.A. ’11 M.E.M. ’13, and Lia Nicholson M.E.M. ‘14, have each received Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights for projects to implement environmental programs in vulnerable parts of the world.
Global Justice and Women's Rights
As Sea Levels Rise,
A team of F&ES researchers has received a grant to investigate the ability of coastal salt marshes to migrate upland in the face of sea level rise and how the land types at higher elevations affects potential migration.
Can Salt Marshes Keep Up?
Three Yale Students Selected
The Wyss Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes land conservation in the U.S. West, has selected three Yale students as 2014 Wyss Scholars — Benjamin Hayes M.F. ‘15, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Marsters M.E.M. ‘16 M.B.A. ‘16, and Mordechai Treiger LAW ‘15.
As 2014 Wyss Scholars
Honduras Forest Conservation Project Wins First Yale ISTF Innovation PrizeA project that promotes forest conservation by linking sustainable producers with high-value markets received the first ever International Society of Tropical Foresters Forest Finance Innovation Prize during the group's annual meeting held at F&ES.
Yale Researchers Receive Google
A team of Yale researchers has received a “Google Earth Engine Research Award” for ongoing land stewardship studies being conducted in Wyoming.
Earth Engine Award for Land Studies
Storm Warning: Why Do So Many
When dangerous storms batter coastal communities, not all residents heed safety advisories. A new study by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication will explore what factors shape these choices.
People Ignore Evacuation Orders?
Class of 1980 Fund Honored
The F&ES Class of 1980 has received the Association of Yale Alumni's School Volunteer Engagement and Leadership award for two funds that have supported student activities and research for more than three decades.
For Three Decades of Giving
Hurricane-Inspired Study Earns
Doctoral student Bryan Yoon was awarded the inaugural F. Herbert Bormann Prize, established to honor research that builds on the legacy of the revered F&ES professor.
F&ES Student Inaugural Bormann Prize
The U.S. government recently designated watershed sites in New Haven as part of a national network of Urban Wildlife Refuges, a classification that will help support restoration work being done by local groups — including F&ES’s Urban Resources Initiative.
Right Here in Our Backyard
Tucker, Grim Honored for Linking
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim were honored by the University of Massachusetts, Boston for work that transcends national and cultural lines to find solutions to planetary challenges.
'Languages of Many Disciplines'
F&ES Student Talk on Ivory Trade
Yufang Gao M.E.Sc ’14, a second-year student from China, received “best talk” honors for his presentation on the international ivory trade during the 2013 Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York held last week at the American Museum of Natural History.
Honored at Conservation Conference
Former F&ES ‘Star’ Joins
Maria Ivanova M.E.Sc '99, M.A '99, Ph.D. '06 has been appointed to an international panel that will advise top United Nations leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on issues related to sustainable development.
UN Science Advisory Panel
Federal Grant Will Help Inform
A new federal grant will help a F&ES-based project inform more family forest owners about their land stewardship options — and to protect even more forest property for the long term.
Family Forest Owners About Land Options
Two F&ES Students Awarded
Esther Rojas-Garcia M.E.Sc ’14 and Anandi van Diepen-Hedayat M.E.Sc '14 were recognized for their leadership and exemplary record of volunteer service, especially to the F&ES, Yale and New Haven communities.
Scholarships for Community-Based Work
Middleton Receives Camp Monaco PrizeArthur Middleton M.E.M. ’07, who has spent six years exploring how ecological changes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are affecting the region’s migratory elk herds, has received a $100,000 research prize for his ongoing efforts to monitor and conserve the iconic species.
Gary Knight Named 2013 McCluskey FellowThe new McCluskey Fellow has helped the state of Florida conserve millions of acres of critical land from the state’s western panhandle to its iconic Keys.
Society for Conservation Biology Awards Highest Honor to Yale F&ES AlumCiting her “extraordinary contributions to the conservation of biological diversity,” including her work in public education and field research conducted around the world, the Society for Conservation Biology has awarded their 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Eleanor J. Sterling B.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’93.
Crane appointed to second term as F&ES DeanEvolutionary biologist Peter Crane has been reappointed dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014.
Rachel Mak (FES/SOM ’14) was unable to receive her award for public service, because she was busy performing public service.
A Champion of Sustainability
Yale F&ES Student is Top 5 Finalist in ERM Foundation Sustainability FellowshipThe ERM Foundation in North America recently announced Valerie Moye as a Top 5 finalist in its 3rd annual Sustainability Fellowship award. Valerie is a first year Master of Environmental Management student at Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies focusing on sustainable urban and industrial systems.
$5.5 Million for Yale Reforestation ProgramA Yale program that aims to restore tropical forests and the livelihoods that depend on them has received a six-year, $5.5 million grant by the Arcadia Fund to continue its work in Latin America and Southeast Asia.